Caroline Randall Williams in a the June 26, 2020 NTY opinion piece
I have rape-colored skin. My light-brown-blackness is a living testament to the rules, the practices, the causes of the Old South.
If there are those who want to remember the legacy of the Confederacy, if they want monuments, well, then, my body is a monument. My skin is a monument. Here
The opinionated Williams penned a follow up on July 3rd for the NYT replying to her fellow self haters.
When the Times published my essay, “You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument,” I hoped that it would open, or even change, some minds.
I have always known there were and are thoughtful Americans from every corner and every color, but I have been staggered by their willingness to speak out on behalf of and to engage with the ideas of a stranger. What I have seen in the response is that there are Americans who are ready to be on the right side of history and fight for it. They understand that acknowledging the hard truths of history is part of that movement. Here
My Translavanian ancestry would like a word with your Southern ancestry to talk about centuries of Turkish domination and decades of communist rule. But you don’t see me or members of the Romanian community crying about how our peasant ancestors were treated. And don’t even get me started on my Scot / Irish / Welsh side of the family.
Things have been tough all over in the past, sister, but in America, my people had a chance to better themselves and took it. – Dr. Tar